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Dutch Hold Lead Entering Final Day of Conference

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The Central College men’s track and field team holds a 19-point lead after the second day of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in Indianola.

The Dutch women are in second place with 56.75 points, 10.25 out of first.

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“Today was maybe the best first day that these two teams have had at the conference meet,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I couldn’t be more proud of their competitiveness.”

Central men win three events—Led by a one-two finish in the 10,000 meters the Dutch men scored 80 points to take the lead with one day to go. Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the 10,000-meter title, finishing the race in 30 minutes, 56.68 seconds. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) placed second in the event in 31:24.15.

Central earned another event win in the 4×800-meter relay. The squad of Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque), Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS), Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) edged out Wartburg by seven one-hundredths of a second for first place (7:40.76).

Also on the track Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) qualified for the finals with the top prelim time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63) and Jackson finished fifth in the 800-meter run prelims (1:55.05).

In the field events Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) won the long jump (22 feet, 10 inches) and teammate Justin Wimbish (freshman, Glendale, Ariz., Apollo HS) took third (21-11.75). The Dutch took two of the top four spots in the high jump. Conner Freeman (senior, Urbandale) was third (6-7.5) and Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) was fourth (5-7.5).

The second half of the decathlon also took place Friday. Ryan Kruse (freshman, St. Clair, Minn.) finished fourth (5,752 points) and Reese Iversen (freshman, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) sixth (5,558).

“There were so many great performances today,” said Dunham. “It’s hard to even pick out a few because what we are doing this weekend is so much more than individual performances.”

Dutch women win two field events—On the women’s side Central had the top two finishers in the long jump and won the hammer throw. Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) took the title in the long jump (17-6.75) with Taylor Beckman (senior, Panora, Panorama HS) earning second place (17-6.75).

In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) won the event by almost three feet with a toss of 160-10.

Central also had a top three finish in the high jump, where Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) took third (5-2.5).

On the track Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted the top qualifying time in the 400-meter dash prelims (57.25). Also running a top qualifying time was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200-meter dash prelims (24.96). Davis took second in the 100-meter dash prelims (12.09) as well.

“We had a lot of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow and that is always a good sign,” said Dunham. “We have a lot of work to do tomorrow and each event will be a hard fought battle.”

The heptathlon concluded Friday with three Dutch athletes in the top six. Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Anthon-Oto HS) finished third (4,202 points), Emma Drees (sophomore, Waukee) fifth (3,949) and Kaitlyn Gillett (senior, Cedar Falls) sixth (3,589).

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Simpson Feeling Comfortable at Home for Conference

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Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson
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Bayley Fleshner took home all-conference accolades in the long jump and put herself in position to do the same in the 100-meter hurdles, Isaac Frazier made all-conference in the high jump and Dylan Kalinay qualified for finals in three events to lead the Simpson track and field team on the second day of the Iowa Conference Championships at Buxton Stadium.

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The women’s team is in sixth place through seven completed events while the men are in seventh. The Championships conclude Saturday with field events getting underway at 10 a.m. and running events starting at 1 p.m.

Fleshner took home her first all-conference honor in the long jump, placing third with a leap of 16-feet, 8 1/2 inches, her best since 2013. On top of her effort in the long jump, she posted the top qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in a season-best 14.53 seconds.

Sarah Galbraith came in seventh in the high jump (4-10 1/2), Briana McCloskey took seventh in the 10,000 meters (40:42.41) and Hannah Moulds earned a team point with an eighth-place finish in the long jump (16-00 1/2). The 4×800-meter relay team of Galbraith, Jessica Gronke, Courtney Neuendorf and Lesley Roquet came in fifth (9:45.87).

Lauren Martin and Sarah Ney qualified for finals in the 100 meters and Ney also qualified in the 200.

After a seventh-place finish in the indoor high jump this winter, Frazier took home his first all-Iowa Conference honor by taking second, clearing 6-7 1/2. The top four competitors went out at that height, but Dubuque’s DuVaun Goodlow won based on fewest misses. Frazier had only one miss going into the height, putting him ahead of Central’s Connor Freeman and Logan Mulford.

The freshman Kalinay set the table for what could be a productive final day of the championships by posting top-five qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles. The speedster tied or set season-bests in each event, coming in second in both the 100 (10.98) and 100 hurdles (14.74) and fifth in the 200 (22.09).

Triston Twedt and Trevor McKee will compete in Saturday’s 400-meter hurdle finals and the 4×800 relay quartet of Brice Sheeder, Cody Alexander, Matt Pearson and Miles Kirts came in seventh (8:04.78).

Women’s Finalists

100 – 4. Lauren Martin, 12.43; 8. Sarah Ney, 12.63
200 – 5. Sarah Ney (25.57)
100 hurdles – 1. Bayley Fleshner, 14.53

Women’s Team Scores

1. Wartburg, 67; 2. Central, 56.75; 3. Luther, 51.75; 4. Dubuque, 37.75; 5. Loras, 30; 6. Simpson, 13.75; 7. Buena Vista, 9; 8. Coe, 6

Men’s Finalists

100 – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 10.98
200 – 5. Daylan Kalinay, 22.09
110 hurdles – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 14.74
400 hurdles – 5. Triston Twedt, 55.76; 8. Trevor McKee, 56.48

Men’s Team Scores

1. Central, 80; 2. Wartburg, 61; 3. Dubuque, 33; 4. Loras, 32; 5. Coe, 31; 6. Luther, 17; 7. Simpson, 10; 8. Buena Vista, 9

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Dutch Women Claim Six Titles at Monmouth

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Abi Davis-Dowling-Central
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The Central College women’s track and field team won six events and the team title at the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scots Invitational Saturday.

The Dutch scored 179 points to best Monmouth by 58 points. Iowa Conference rival Wartburg took third with 118.

The Central men won three events to finish second with 158 points, just 11 points back of host Monmouth. Wartburg was a distant third with 111 points.

“Overall I was pleased with the performance of both teams today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a great tune-up before the conference meet.”

Sprinters lead Central women—The Dutch women dominated the sprinting events Saturday, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. In the 100 it was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking first in 11.95 seconds. Her time is tied for fifth in Division III this season.

In the 200 it was Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) winning in 25.47. Then in the 4×100 relay the Dutch squad of Davis, McBroom, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) sprinted to the title in 47.80. The time ranks 11th in Division III and is less than four-tenths of a second off of the school record.

“The women’s 4×100 ran a season best and put themselves on the bubble for nationals,” said Dunham. “They accomplished this even with some bad handoffs, so we know there is more there, which is exciting.”

Three other winners for the Dutch Saturday were Zimmerman in the 100-meter hurdles (14.74), Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) in the high jump (5 feet, 4.25 inches) and Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) in the 1,500 meters (4:50.91).

In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) placed third with a personal best toss of 160-1. Dunham liked what he saw out of both teams in the hammer throw Saturday.

“I felt like we had a great day with the throwers,” said Dunham. “Seven throwers set a personal best in the hammer today.”

Central men win three events—The Dutch had the top two finishers, and six of the top eight in the 1,500-meter run. Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the event in 3:55.14, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) (3:55.15). Also in the top five in the event was Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque) in fourth (4:02.01) and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) in fifth (4:06.01).

Another winner for Central was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.70 was almost a second faster than the runner-up.

A third winner for the Dutch was Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) in the high jump (6-7.5).

Dunham was pleased with the performance of Grady Carson (senior, Centerville) Saturday. He placed 13th in the 100-meter dash (11.43) and 16th in the 200-meter dash (23.18).

“Grady Carson had personal bests in the 100 and the 200,” said Dunham. “He is running with a lot of confidence.”

The Dutch will compete at the Iowa Conference Championships in Indianola Thursday through Saturday. The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon will begin Thursday with other events following the next two days.

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Good Showing For Norse at Wartburg

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Luther Women
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Norse Women

It was a beautiful afternoon in Carlson Stadium as Luther hosted the annual dual with the Knights of Wartburg College. Wartburg won the event 105-86.

Individual highlights for the Norse included four top-three finishes by Anna Burke. Burke won the long jump with a mark of 17-4 3/4 that ranks tied for seventh all-time. She placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.00), and third in both the javelin (112-2) and high jump (4-11). Burke also ran the third leg of the third place 4 x 400 relay (4:10.76) that consisted of Sarah Matthiesen, Delaney Schurer and Tricia Serres.

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Leah Broderick also had a good afternoon. Broderick won both the javelin (126-6) and high jump (5-3) and ran the third leg of the second place 4 x 400 (4:07.16). Also on this team was Anna Lampe, Marea Holkesvik and Katie Dennis.

Lampe also placed first in the 400 hurdles (1:05.13) and Holkesvik placed third in this same event (1:07.56).

Elise Heiser won the triple jump (35-3 3/4) with a distance that ranks ninth all-time. She also placed second in the long jump (16-2 1/2). Addi Tapp also posted a top-three finish in the triple jump finishing third (34-5 3/4).

Jackie Hoyme led the throwers with a second place finish in the hammer (150-9) and third place finish in the discus (128-9).

In the distance events, Kara Maloney and Hannah Wright placed first (10:32.77) and third (10:39.44) in the 3,000, and Kaia Bierman finished second in the 1500 (4:48.23).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Molly Wettach, Erin Kammer, Alexis Hove and Randi-Kate Canoy placed first (50.92). Hove also placed third in the 100 (13.36).

The Iowa Conference Championships are next for the Norse. The league will travel to Simpson College May 7-9. The Multi-events will begin on May 7 with the rest of the events beginning on May 8.

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Norse Men
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Norse Men

Wartburg College won the annual dual between the Knights and Norse 103-86 this afternoon in Carlson Stadium.

Isaac Jensen highlighted the running events placing first in the 3200 (9:24.17) with a time that ranks ninth on Luther’s all-time list.

Also posting first place finishes included Joel Clarke in the 110 hurdles (15.44) and Peter Krumm in the 100 (11.57). Krumm also placed third in the 200 (22.82).

Top three finishes were recorded by Kurt Hellmann and Sam Stokes-Cerkvenik that both placed second in the 800 (1:55.24) and 400 hurdles (55.87) respectively. Third place finishes were recorded by Elijah Kane in the 100 (11.79), John Donovan in the 1500 (4:03.76) and Nick Sigrist in the 110 hurdles (16.09).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Kane, Krumm, Cole Hocker and Henry Jungbauer placed second with a time of 43.05 that ranks tied for sixth all-time.

In the field events the Norse took the top three places in both the javelin and pole vault. Top three finishers in the javelin were Kane (153-7), Peter Lillibridge (151-7) and Kyle Hove (149-1). The pole vault finishers included Erik Queoff (14-0), Sigrist (12-1 1/2) and Jacob Miller (12-1 1/2).

Sigrist also placed third in the high jump (5-2 1/4), while Caleb Freund placed second (5-8) in this same event.

Dedrick Lee won the long jump (21-6 3/4) and finished second in the triple jump (42-2 1/4). Grant Preheim was third in the triple jump (42-1 1/4).

The Iowa Conference Championship are next on the schedule. Simpson College will host this year’s championship May 7-9. The decathlon will begin May 7, with the remainder of the events starting May 8.

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Storm Shine at the Kip Jarnvin Open

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Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson
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Running in front of the home crowd for the first time in his young career, pieced together a solid meet with three, top-four performances to lead the Simpson track and field team at the Kip Janvrin Open on Friday evening.

Despite wet, chilly conditions, the meet featured more than 750 competitors from 39 colleges and universities from across the country. Friday marked the 10th edition of the Kip Janvrin Open, which is named in honor of the 1998 Simpson graduate and 2000 Olympic decathlete.

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The meet began Thursday with the hammer throw and discus and concluded with the remainder of the field events and running events Friday.

Kalinay was the top Division III finisher in all three individual events in which he competed. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.94, placed third in the 100 meters in 11.15 and took fourth in the 200 meters in 22.43.

Simpson got another top-three effort in the high jump, where Isaac Frazier cleared 6-feet, 3 1/4 inches to place third. Frazier added a 10th-place effort in the triple jump (40-11 3/4).

Nick Yaeger hung with the front-runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ultimately taking fourth in 9:38.47.

The women’s team got a great performance from its 4×100-meter relay quartet of Bayley Fleshner, Lauren Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith, taking second in a season-best 49.33.

Fleshner added a 10th-place effort in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.29.

Martin, Ney and Hannah Moulds all added 13th-place finishes. Martin took 13th in the 400 meters (1:00.92), Ney in the 200 (26.55) and Moulds in the long jump (16-5 1/4).

Meet Records

A total of four meet records fell on Friday

  • Women’s 200 – Chantel Stennis, Lewis (24.36)
  • Women’s 5k – Sasha Hovind, Northern State (17:08.73)
  • Women’s 100 hurdles – Deborah John, unattached (13.95)
  • Men’s 4×100 – Leonard/Korbelik/Prindle/Meyer, Northwest Missouri State (42.22)

Up Next

Simpson goes to the Dubuque Twilight on Friday, May 1 in the final tune up before the Iowa Conference Championships. Simpson hosts the IIAC Championships, which take place May 7-9.

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3 Dutch Collect Conference Honors


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Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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A trio of Central College athletes were named Iowa Conference performers of the week in their respective sports Monday.

Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned the honor for men’s track, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) for women’s track and Adam Squires (senior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) for men’s golf.

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Horton breaks own record—Running at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Horton turned in a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters (14 minutes, 11.28 seconds). His time is the fastest in Division III this season by more than 10 seconds. Horton has now earned league outdoor track performer of the week honors seven times in his career.

Zimmerman sets school record—Zimmerman ran the fastest time in school history, and sixth quickest in Division III this season, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.39) at the Dutch Triangular in Pella Saturday. She was also 11th in a 22-competitor field in the same event (14.79) while going up against Division I athletes at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence Friday. This is the second time this season Zimmerman has earned the weekly league honor.

The Central track teams will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola this week.

Two top-five finishes for Squires—The Central senior placed third at the Duhawk Spring Invitational (69-75—144) April 12-13 and tied for first at the Central Dutch Masters (69-72—141) Friday and Saturday. His performance helped the Dutch earn team titles at both meets. This is the second time in his career Squires has been earned league men’s golfer of the week honors.

The Dutch will play the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.


Wartburg Runs Wild in Kansas

wartburgMembers of the Wartburg track and field teams competed at the Kansas Relays.

  • 100m dash: Becca Cherry, 26, 12.46; Erica Dynes, 30, 12.58; Rachael Cheeseman, 38, 12.80
  • 200m dash: Becca Cherry, 20, 25.90
  • 400m dash: Kayla Kregel, 23, 59.78; Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch, 28, 1:00.78; Elizabeth Duehr, 33, 1:02.88
  • 400m dash: Dallas Koppes, 20th, 50.03
  • 800m dash: Kayla Kregel, 5th, 2:18.95; Elizabeth Duehr, 16th, 2:29.40
    Taylor Officer, 6th, 2:11.27 (other division race)
  • 800m dash: Nick Green, 11th, 1:55.85
  • 4x100m relay: 9th Cherry, Helmle, Cheeseman, Dynes, 48.06
  • 4x400m relay: 8th, Crew, Officer, Moore, Kregel, 3:55.89
  • 4x400m relay: 11th, Koppes, DeMott, Dolphin, Green, 3:19.26
  • 4x800m relay: 2nd, Officer, Kregel, Duehr, Moore, 9:15.66
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Norse Men and Women Breeze Into Home Meet

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The Luther men breezed to a team title at the 49th Annual Norse Relays this afternoon. The Norse posted a point total of 253 finishing ahead of UW-Superior with 122 and Coe with 81.

The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of unattached competitor Jordan Williams in the discus. Williams broke his own Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 182-6 (55.63 meters). His old mark was 180-9 set last year.

The Norse won all but two of the relays this afternoon placing first in the 4 x 100 (43.43), 4 x 200 (1:31.11), 4 x 400 (3:30.15), and the 4 x 800 (8:01.15).

Individually, Joel Clarke place first in the 110 hurdles besting an entire field of teammates with a time of 15.30. Sam Stokes Cerkvenik (57.62), Nick Sigrist (58.80) and Cooper Nelson (59.74) swept the top three places in the 400 hurdles. Luke Lumbar finished second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:20.57).

In the field events, Erik Queoff posted a personal best in the pole vault with a first place finish of 14-2 1/2, that moves him into the ninth best height outdoors in school history.

Dedrick Lee won both the long jump (22-3) and triple jump (43-7 1/4), while Elijah Kane won the javelin (164-3). Brandon Dawson placed second in the high jump (5-7) and second in the long jump (21-10 3/4).

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be the Augustana-Rock Island Meet of Champions that will take place on Saturday, April 18.

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The 49th annual Norse Relays took place this afternoon in Carlson Stadium and host Luther finished second in in the six-team field. The Norse posted a point total of 175.25 and finished behind Augustana-Rock Island that won the team title with 187.50 points.

The highlight of the afternoon took place in the javelin where unattached competitor Katelyn Gochenour set a Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 164-4 (50.09 meters). She broke the old mark of 46.25 meters set by Wartburg’s Dia Dohlman in 2004.

In this same event, Luther’s Leah Broderick was the top collegiate competitor posting a mark of 122-3. Broderick also won the high jump clearing the bar at 5-3.

Jackie Hoyme posted three second place finishes on the afternoon. Hoyme finished second in the shot put (37-5), discus (135-2) and hammer throw (144-2).

Jordan Lawrence posted the sixth best height all-time in the pole vault with a mark of 9-4 1/4 while placing third. Rachel Aune also moved up the top-10 list in the hammer throw with a personal best of 119-8 that ranks ninth.

In the relays, the foursome of Kenzie Carney, Sarah Owens, Hannah Wright and Kara Maloney finished third in the 4 x 1600 clocked at 22:07.09 that ranks tenth on Luther’s all-time list.

The 4 x 200 of Alexis Hove, Broderick, Erin Kammer and Marea Holkesvik posted the lone first place finish for the Norse in the relays with a time of 1:49.13.

Individually, Mallory Carr and Hailey Hansen placed second and third in the 3,000 steeplechase clocked at 11:56.72 and 12:24.86 respectively.

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be on Friday, April 17 at the Augustana-Rock Island Invitational.

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Weekend “Rap!”

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Results from the weekend…

  • Iowa State teams had a busy but successful weekend Click Here!
  • UNI happy with results at Nebraska Click Here!
  • Shelby wins 800 at home meet as she prepares for Drake Relays 800! Click Here!
  • Drake very competitive on the Blue Oval Click Here!
  • Iowa wins 5 events at Jim Duncan Click Here!
  • Central came up with some very good results in Des Moines Click Here!
  • UNO Mavericks get good efforts from former Iowa preps Click Here! and also Click Here!
  • Schweizer and Waymire perform well for Mizzou Click Here!
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Warburg Women Continue to Roll

Erin Hawkins-Winterset-WartburgThe Warburg Knights Traveled to the UW-Platteville Invitational

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Women’s Results

  • Taylor Moore (New Hampton) won both 800 and 1500 (2:12.79 and 4:48.88). This was Taylors 2nd 1500 ever!
  • Erin Sawyers (Winterset) and Serena Goetzl (Urbandale) both entered the sub 18 5k group with 17:49 and 17:52.
  • Kailey Kladivo (North Tama) won the high jump with a 5’6.
    Good early season 4×100 placed second with a 47.88. Team comprised of Becca Cherry, Tessa Helme, Rachael Cheeseman and Eric Dynes.Men’s Results
  • Colt Feltes was 4th in both shot and disc and placed 2nd in the Hammer throw against a competitive WIAC field.
  • Justin Hochstetler (Mid Prairie) place 5th in the 800 with a 1:53.95. This mark puts him in the top 15 in DIII right now.